Thursday, September 1, 2016

Just Enough Info: Back-to-School Edition

I'd love to introduce you to the other members of The Zelie Group that are participating in the Thursday linkup this week:
Kerry from Fishbowl Fortune

Alicia from Sweeping Up Joy

Kirby from Under Thy Roof

Welcome to another week of Just Enough Info with The Zelie Group. Back-to-School is in full swing. School supplies, memories, traditions and the fresh scent of new composition notebooks floating through the air. This has always been my most favorite time of the year. The start of school, fall sports and all the amazing things autumn brings! If this is your first time hearing about The Zelie Group please check out my previous post from last week (Click on the link here). Here are my answers to this weeks Just Enough Info Questions:

1. What is your best school memory from your childhood?

My best school memory from my childhood was getting to go on a field trip to Sea World! This was no ordinary trip. We were allowed to sleep within the park overnight! I chose to sleep inside the Shark Encounter area and I will never forget going to sleep watching all the sharks swimming back and forth throughout the night. I was only in the 3rd or 4th grade (The same grade as Little Man) and I remember the entire trip. It was my first time traveling without my family and it was an 8 hour trip on a big bus. I hope my children get to have memories like this one. The ones that stay with you throughout the years and bring a smile to your face and make you feel young and vibrant. I wish I had a picture or something to share from this trip but this was prior to smart phones, fancy compact cameras and I think the small one-time use camera I developed from this trip is still at my parents house somewhere. 

2. Do you have any back-to-school family traditions?

We don't really have any cool back-to-school traditions in my house. Unless you consider the yearly first day back-to-school pictures. I don't even have the boys hold up signs or anything because I don't want to put too much pressure on the kids. I try my hardest to not make school too much of a "big" deal because my Goalie has a really hard transitions so it is easier to transition into the school year if we make it seem like a normal everyday things that isn't anything dwell upon. Even while we are preparing for school we try our best not to purchase everything at one time. We will buy clothes throughout the summer and keep them put away until school starts and the same with school supplies. We try our hardest to enjoy family dinners together every night but I try to make a family favorite so we end the day on a high note. My kids LOVE meatloaf, spaghetti and meatballs and taco nights so we usually prepare one of those together. I would love to have some special things to incorporate into my kid's day without making it too stressful so I am looking forward to reading what everyone else does to celebrate back-to-school.

3. Markers or colored pencils?

Coloring pencils! We actually have TONS and TONS of coloring utensils but me and my boys like coloring pencils the most. I think they are our favorites because you blend colors more easily when we are creating the many masterpieces that decorate the bulletin boards and refrigerator. We also use crayons quite often. I am a huge fan of coloring and I think it is a great way for me to spend time with my boys and be still together. In our crazy busy lives these are the moments we get to sit together, admire each others work and share our feeling with one another. This is ironic but we will be having a coloring session later tonight because it will be the first time since last week we have not had soccer or football practice, a school event or a doctors appointment. I am counting down the hours to pull out my arts and crafts boxes and sit with my boys while we color and enjoy a nice cup of tea and a snack!

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1. What is your best school memory from your childhood?

2. Do you have any back-to-school family traditions?

3. Markers or colored pencils?

Next Week's Just Enough Information questions all about Prayer:

1. What are your favorite devotions?

2. Have any of your prayers been answered? 
Do you have any prayers that you are glad weren't answered the way you hoped?

3. How do you pray with your kids?

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  1. You had a fieldtrip to SEAWORLD?!?! I'm glad I didn't know about that when I was in school, because I would have felt sad about our tour of the local bank. ;)

    Hope that the back to school transition gets easier and easier for you all.

    1. Yes! We had a really neat trip to Sea World! One of the perks of being a Florida resident I guess...I don't think they do neat field trips like that anymore because my son never had any big trips while we were in Florida.

      Thank you, I hope Back-to-School gets better for us too. At least we are making progress :)

  2. I bet sleeping in Seaworld was awesome. We went there once. My parents wouldn't let me sit in the splash zone :(

    1. I had such a blast sleeping in the Shark Encounter but believe it or not I was so scared of the Killer Whales and didn't go into the splash zones either!

  3. Hi! I am visiting from the link-up.
    I have never been to Sea World. I can only imagine how awesome that trip must have been for you. I took my first big field trip in 4th grade. We went to Washington D.C., which is only 3 hours away from home. But I was so happy to go because I had never been that far away from home (one of the downfalls of having been raised by non-traveling grandparents).
    I am glad to be a part of the link-up this week!

    1. Thank you so much for joining the linkup and commenting :) I have never been to Washington D.C. but I am sure that it was an exciting trip too!